carpenter ant

noun

Definition of carpenter ant

: an ant (especially genus Camponotus) that gnaws galleries especially in dead or decaying wood

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Examples of carpenter ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1882, the German zoologist Friedrich Blochmann discovered the microorganisms in carpenter ant embryos. Quanta Magazine, 9 Sep. 2020 Like all ants, carpenter ant colonies start with scout ants that forage your home for the best places to eat or hang out. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 26 May 2020 Pity the poor unsuspecting carpenter ant who unwittingly becomes infected with spores scattered by a parasitic fungus in the Cordyceps genus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 July 2019 One of its favorite foods is the carpenter ant, nests of which the pileated drills into and plunders. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Feb. 2020 In the Brazilian jungle, at a height of just about 10 inches off the ground, carpenter ants can be found with their jaws permanently locked on a leaf, frozen in a never-ending dance as an alien stalk grows through their head. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 The termite operator in that area might be looking for wood-destroying beetles or carpenter ants. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, 29 Aug. 2019 There are probably carpenter ants living in your tree and crawling around your kitchen. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 3 July 2019 There have been breakthroughs in size bioengineering, but mostly in animals and often in the wrong direction, like a 2015 study that significantly increased the size of carpenter ants by modifying their DNA. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2019

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Carpenter ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpenter%20ant. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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